What are Self-Advocacy & Self-Determination?

  • What is self-advocacy?

       Self-advocacy is an individual's ability to effectively communicate and assert one's interests, needs, and rights.  It involves making good decisions about your life today and in the future, and taking responsibility for those decisions.  Developing self-knowledge is the first step to empowerment and determining the direction of your transition plan.  This will help enable you to take charge of your future, identify future goals and communicate those desires to teachers and other important people. 
         For parents, it is often difficult to allow their children to take on this role since we've always protected our children from birth.  This is an important "right of passage" for them as they prepare for their independence.  This program will also help you see the importance of this concept and provide strategies to allow you to step back.
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  • The Eight Smart Parts

    All people learn differently.  Each of us has our own learning style.  Howard Gardner developed the theory of multiple intelligence and identified these types of intelligence.

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  • Form to sign up for Self-determination Training

    Have you ever wished that you had skills needed to speak up for yourself in an apopropriate manner?  Have you ever been in an awkward position with an adult who was unaware of your program and testing modifications?  Download this form and send it to the High School Transition Office.

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